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Snow won't delay Midwest harvest

10/17/2011 @ 9:56am

A lot of harvesting got done this past week in the Midwest, but with some significant rains falling in a good part of the region during the middle of last week, we are not going to see the progress numbers this afternoon jump as much as they did last week. 

It goes without saying that we will not see a second straight week of record-large soybean harvest progress! My own thoughts are that the national soybean harvest progress figure this afternoon will come in at 67 percent, which compares with 81 percent done a year ago and a five-year average of 61 percent. 

For corn, I would look for the national corn harvest progress figure to be 44 percent, versus 66 percent last year and a five-year average of 41 percent. This is going to be a big harvest week for the western Corn Belt. Some rains will fall in southern parts of that area today, but amounts will not be heavy and the rest of the week will be dry. 

Harvest progress will be made today in the eastern Corn Belt, but will be shutting down there tomorrow as rain becomes widespread and especially Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio may see precipitation right through Thursday. 

Southern parts of Missouri and Illinois and all of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio will see at least a half inch, with amounts over an inch common in Indiana, Ohio and southeastern Michigan. 

It is not impossible that some of that area will see a few snowflakes mixed in with the rain for Wednesday and Thursday. 

All of the eastern Corn Belt will dry out on Friday, and it looks like favorable harvest weather going into next week. I still fully believe that most of this year's Midwest harvest will be done by the end of October. The forecast remains poor for the hard-red winter wheat areas of the southern Plains, where a follow-up rain would be great but a lot of that area will probably see no rain at all for the next two weeks.

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